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Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI)

ELLI stands for "Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory"


The ability to learn effectively is fundamentally important to being able to thrive in a fast-paced, constantly changing, modern environment.


ELLI started out as a research project at Bristol University.  ELLI describes "7 dimensions of learning power" - 7 characteristics that help us become better at learning. To make it easy, each one is represented by an animal.



Who is partaking in ELLI?

Years 3 and 4 are embedding ELLI within their classrooms.


ELLI is initially introduced with a story, as this outlines each character and their associated learning dimension.  The story helps the children understand how each character utilises their learning power to support and develop the growth mindset of others.


A copy of the story is below.


Why is ELLI worthwhile?

Confident and successful learners have a collection of skills that enable them to engage effectively with a variety of learning challenges. This is often referred to as ‘Learning Power’ or 'Learning to Learn'. Learning power is something that can be developed at home, with friends, in school - in fact it can be developed all the time and everywhere. ELLI’s seven learning dimensions provide an understanding of these important skills, many of which are needed in order to become better, more effective learners. The animal metaphors help the children to understand and relate to ELLI and help to provide a shared language of learning, which is why we value it so much at Reddal Hill Primary School